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For Peace, Order and Good Government: The first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
Early proposals
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Drafting a constitution
Declaration of the Commonwealth
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Who could vote?
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9 May 1901
The royal visit
The first federal parliamentarians
Ministry of May, 1901
Edmund Barton
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Members of the First Parliament

Samuel Winter Cooke

Samuel Winter Cooke (1847-1929)

Member for Wannon (Victoria) 1901-1903

Samuel Winter Cooke was born in Melbourne, Victoria, educated in England, and admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1873. In 1878 he inherited his uncle’s large Hamilton property “Murndal”. He was a member and President of the Portland Shire Council 1879-85. A member of the Victorian Legislative Council 1888-1901, he held various ministries and participated on numerous commissions.

Cooke, a Freetrader, was elected to represent the federal seat of Wannon in the House of Representatives at the first federal election in 1901. He resigned in 1903 to travel overseas. He later became a supporter of the Deakin Fusion Government and stood for election in 1910 but was unsuccessful.

Cooke returned to his rural and business interests and was a great supporter of the soldier settlement scheme, making his own land available to returned servicemen after the First World War.

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